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  1. Iron

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    Ello All
    Repatriated from the good ol' USA - a bitsa that needs a bit of work.
    Note the Amen Savior frame and the Invader wheels - straight out of the 70s.
    Work is ongoing....

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  2. Iron

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    #2 Iron, Jan 1, 2021
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    Try again..
    Amen Savior (Ass) frames were made by American Motorcycle Engineering Inc. during the 70s in North Hollywood California. For a measly $330 you could get a very stylish plunger frame complete with a free oil bag. A quote from their catalogue in the 1970s - "This is our greatest introduction since our last great introduction".

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  3. Iron

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    #3 Iron, Jan 3, 2021
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    First things first was the taking apart to see what I've got.
    The frame has the plunger springs that needed to come out for a clean etc. They are a bit fiddly.

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    The frame had been molded - as was the want in the 70s - but not just with filler. This had been leaded! So that had to come out.

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    #5 Iron, Jan 3, 2021
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    So frame all cleaned and rubbed down. Springs replaced. Completely seized over length forks binned and replaced with standard length. Engine in with a lot of fettling with spacers to get back wheel lined up. Invaders will go back on but will need to sort front mini drum so it actually works. High tunnel sportster replacing original mustang tank. Getting on with making the sissy bar. Note the foam pieces I've put on the spikey 70s nuts - they kept digging into the exact hole they made in my legs the time before I banged into them - bloody things!

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  6. Iron

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    The mustang tank got a repaint and is perched on another build for now

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  7. Baskey13

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    Cool little chop. Like it :cool:
     
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  8. Wessa

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    All looking very good, keep up with the progress and pictures... thanks
     
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    #9 Vegan Flea, Jan 3, 2021
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    That looks much happier on standard length forks, tank paint looks good too.
     
  10. Nicholaj

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    Welcom :) A very nice job you are doing, looks like a fun project. Very typical ‘70s for sure :cool:
     
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    Hi and welcome.
     
  12. Iron

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    Thanks Chaps and Chapesses.
    The sissy bar is done, all bent by hand in the vice. The tabs on the plunger box sections were in the wrong place so they had to be cut off and new ones welded on. Have added a small bates-like rear light to match the small 4.5 inch front. The rear mudguard was off a rear big tyred chop but was inches too wide so that needed cutting and welding but looks ok.

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  13. Iron

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    Cause it's been too bloody cold to touch anything in the garage of late, I've done some painting of the little sportster tank for this. I was going with the 70s flame job and got carried away with adding things. As it's a Sherman and a Bonny, I thought I'd add stickers from the Salt Flat Races of the time. Good idea I thought but a bit too messy for a bike. So that had to go.

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    Then I found this from a previous owner in Buffalo, New York (right next to Niagara Falls) on you tube:

     
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  15. Bikerman

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    Looks like you're having fun doing this, thanks for posting it all here for us to follow your progress.

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  16. Wessa

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    Yep enjoying watching your progress.
     
  17. Iron

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    Thanks Guys, yes fun indeed. Until it all goes wrong.
    I managed to contact the previous owner in Buffalo. Nice bloke. He bought the bike much as it was when I got it. Originally it was from Baltimore, Maryland from a guy who had several Triumphs. I thought that might give me the colours for the bike - the Baltimore Ravens Football Team's purple and black.

    So, off I went, stripped the tank and repainted. Wasn't sure about the colours but hey ho, did the lacquering. It was too bleedin cold and the curing lacquer formed condensation pits all over - bugger. The colours just aint right so I'll have to re-do - again. I'll go back to the red flames but without the stickers.

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  18. Wessa

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    Pity about the piting, as I like the colours. But I agree the red will set the bike off better imo :)
     
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  19. andyb57

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    Like it! The mustang tank design looks great, I think you're right about the other tank looking better with red flames.....
    Lever shift would take me a while to get used too :)
     
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    Nice throw back chop
     
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